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4:45 PM ET, August 23, 2017

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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned  —  PHOENIX — Just before President Trump strolled onto the rally stage on Tuesday evening, four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Ben Carson's appearance in Phoenix was likely a violation of federal law  —  Right before Ben Carson took the stage at President Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, the announcer introduced him.  —  “The secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development …
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown  —  Trump explained that the biggest victim in the Charlottesville violence last weekend was, in fact, himself.  —  After walking on stage at the Phoenix Convention Center to “God Bless the U.S.A.” for what was, effectively, a 2020 campaign rally …
Discussion: Shakesville, Daily Wire and ABC News
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Holds Steady After Charlottesville; Supporters Think Whites, Christians Face Discrimination  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump's approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politicus USA and The Week
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump hits new low after Charlottesville  —  President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit a new low following a week in which a majority of voters believe he did more to divide the country than unite it, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows.  —  Only 39 percent of voters approve …
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Approval Rating Dips Below 40% for First Time After Charlottesville
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Leinz Vales / CNN:
James Clapper calls Trump speech ‘downright scary and disturbing’  —  (CNN)James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said Wednesday morning he questioned President Donald Trump's fitness for office.  —  “I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Trump snubbed missing US sailors during Arizona speech, referenced himself nearly 250 times
Discussion: ABC News and Mashable
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
The strange story of that ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind POTUS at his Phoenix rally  —  At a number of political rallies over the year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted.
Discussion: The Root and The Gateway Pundit
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Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
Bundy Ranch standoff trials … A federal jury in Las Vegas did not return any guilty verdicts Tuesday against four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents during the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014.  —  Jurors dealt government prosecutors a stinging defeat in the case when …
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Los Angeles Times:
Once again, a jury rules in favor of Bundy supporters in their 2014 standoff with federal agents
Discussion: Daily Wire
Ken Ritter / LasVegasSun.com:
Jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch standoff
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Shutdown threat grows as Trump digs in on wall  —  President Donald Trump's vow Tuesday to close down the government if he doesn't get money for the border wall mirrors private comments he has made to advisers in recent days — and could cause significant rifts within his own party if he follows through.
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CBS News:
West Wing gets new look in Trump White House renovations
Discussion: Axios
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House has paperwork ready for Joe Arpaio pardon  —  (CNN) The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so, CNN has learned.  —  An administration official said the White House …
MSNBC:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton in her own words  —  Hillary Clinton reflects on the 2016 campaign in her new book ‘What Happened.’ Morning Joe has an exclusive first look. ...  more Duration: {{video.duration.momentjs}}
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper's coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Insidious Libertarian-to-Alt-Right Pipeline … Libertarianism has an alt-right problem.  Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian.  I am curious as to... why?  —  Milo Yiannopoulos has billed himself (and has been billed by others) as libertarian.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
BBC:
Rescued piglets served up as sausages to firefighters  —  A litter of piglets whose bacon was saved from a barn fire has been served up as dinner to the firefighters who rescued them.  —  The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire.
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Steven Morris / The Guardian:
Firefighters eat sausages made of piglets they saved from blaze
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
State Dept. science envoy resigns with letter that spells out ‘Impeach’  —  The science envoy for the State Department has resigned following President Trump's response to the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.  —  Daniel Kammen announced his resignation …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Vox, RedState and ABC News
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump's ambassador to Israel: Charlottesville response 'wasn't fine'
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
CNN's Big Secret  —  BREAKING: Host reveals that journalists don't like Trump.  —  Now it can be told.  A CNN host named Brian Stelter confided to his audience this week about conversations occurring off-camera and off the record across the media landscape.  According to Mr. Stelter:
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Murray / NBC News:
12 Days That Stunned a Nation: How Hillary Clinton Lost  —  WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before Election Day, Hillary Clinton held a clear lead in the polls and it looked like her campaign was trying to run up the score — just as the race was about to turn upside down.
Discussion: NBC News
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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
German magazine cover shows Trump doing Nazi salute  —  A German news magazine's latest cover image shows President Trump doing a Nazi salute.  —  German publication Stern is portraying Trump wearing an American flag and doing the salute, which is illegal in Germany.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
David Roth / The Baffler:
The President of Blank Sucking Nullity  —  Put a cone on it.  —  W  —  O  —  R  —  D  —  F  —  C  —  T  —  O  —  R  —  Y  —  MY FATHER IS CONVINCED that his dog is embarrassed.  He doesn't mean the rudimentary way that dogs ever show embarrassment …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Smith / The Guardian:
'He's anti-left, anti-PC, anti-stupid': Trump supporters in their own words  —  Trump is breath of fresh air.  He's totally not a political person.  He's a businessman: he's anti-left, he's anti-PC, he's anti-stupid.  He just wants to go in and make the best deal for Americans that he can.
Discussion: Shakesville
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘This Is Not Hazing.  This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town's Football Nightmare … LA VERNIA, Texas—When Jennifer's* son made varsity—as a freshman, no less—it should have been cause for celebration.  —  Here, football is king.  The town is one of the oldest communities in the Lone Star State …
Discussion: Raw Story
Clay Travis / Outkick the Coverage:
MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots  —  UPDATE: ESPN ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MOVING ROBERT LEE FROM VIRGINIA GAME:  —  “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding …
FOX6Now.com:
16-year-old MPS student arrested after punching teacher several times in the head  —  MILWAUKEE — A teacher at South Division High School punched by a student.  The whole thing was captured on camera.  —  The video shows a student punching a teacher several times in the head.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
CNN:
After angry rally, Trump calls for healing in Nevada  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Reno, Nevada (CNN)Hours after his irate campaign rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for national healing.  —  “It is time to heal the wounds that divide us and to seek a new unity based …
Discussion: The Root, IJR, FOX2now.com and WTVR-TV
Lucien Greaves / Washington Post:
I'm a founder of the Satanic Temple.  Don't blame Satan for white supremacy.  —  Calling hatred Satanic just lets people off the hook.  —  Soon after the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville this month, religious leaders and pious politicians began the usual drudgery …
Discussion: IJR, Christianity Today and Daily Wire
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Members of Trump's Infrastructure Panel Resign in Protest
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Stuart Leavenworth / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Trump team goes to bat for NRA-backed bill, deleting Park Service concerns
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Dems to Trump: We won't yield on wall funding
Discussion: Politico
CBS News:
Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions, medical records show
Discussion: Axios and Gizmodo
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
‘Raised up by God’: Televangelist Paula White compares Trump to Queen Esther
Discussion: AOL and Christian
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Has More Troops in Afghanistan Than Publicly Disclosed